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Developing the Next Generation of Patient Safety

A webinar presented by Society for Health Systems

Feb. 11 | 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter: Jack Jordan, director of clinical analytics, Henry Ford Health System

Quality improvement in healthcare has historically relied on low quality measurement from billing data or required significant labor to review charts for clinical data. Learn about the cutting edge of using clinical analytics to enable rapid cycle improvement in making care safer.

More information and registration 

It's not too late to register for HSPIC 2016

The Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2016, (HSPI) offers many opportunities for attendees to advance themselves. Join the Society for Health Systems and IIE in Houston, Feb. 17-19 to network with colleagues from around the world, update your skills and learn about the latest research and advances. Professional development opportunities include:

  • Pre-conference workshops, offering an in-depth look into various IE healthcare-related topics.
  • Facility tours, providing attendees a behind-the-scenes look at continuous improvement in action.
  • Networking receptions to help attendees connect with other colleagues in an informal environment.
  • Competitions to help students demonstrate their industrial and systems engineering skills to win scholarships and cash prizes.

Register today to attend HSPI and take advantage of these opportunities and more. Save $100 when you register before Feb. 7.

Learn more about the conference | Register online or download a registration form 

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Conference Facility Tour
Join us for a tour of the MD Anderson Cancer Center as part of your conference agenda on Wednesday, February 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. 

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer. As the largest freestanding cancer center in the world, MD Anderson has the latest equipment and facilities to support the endeavors of its faculty and staff in outpatient and inpatient care, research, prevention and education. During a two-hour walking tour of the MD Anderson main campus in the Texas Medical Center, you will learn the history of the institution, including the multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer pioneered at MD Anderson, as well as how the institution continues to evolve in pursuit of our mission of Making Cancer History®.

Following the tour of the facility, the group with meet with the Healthcare Systems Engineering group from MD Anderson's Office of Performance Improvement. The group will present an overview of their role, organization structure, and examples of projects using systems engineering tools such as lean, six sigma, simulation, optimization, time studies, facility design, human factors, etc. A Q&A time will be included.  Click here for information.


SHS Early Career/Young Professionals Activities at the HSPI Conference

Being new to an industry can feel as daunting as being the new kid in school. Especially when it comes to healthcare, you’re jumping into a world of new processes, rules and regulations, and an entirely new culture. The Society for Health Systems’ Early Career/Young Professionals Committee is designed to help newer healthcare improvement professionals network with others in the industry and excel through the beginning years of their new career. There is no better place to do that than at the upcoming 2016 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference! In Houston we will be providing networking opportunities and engaging presentation sessions geared towards early career/young professionals. When you register for conference you can also sign up for our mentorship program where early career professionals will be paired with seasoned experts in the industry. Join us at conference in February, and strengthen your journey of continuous healthcare improvement!  For detailed information about the Young/Early Career Professional Committee go to http://www.iienet2.org/SHS/details.aspx?id=18284 
If you have any questions, contact us at SHS.YoungProfessionals@gmail.com 



 2016 HIMSS conference in Las Vegas

Las Vegas welcomes the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 29 - March 4, 2016, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. More than 40,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected to attend to discuss health IT issues and view innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare.

IIE's Society for Health Systems is proud to support this annual event that helps health IT professionals find the right solutions for their organizations.

As a HIMSS16 Endorser, SHS members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference. To receive the discount, go to online registration at www.himssconference.org/registration, and select Society for Health Systems from the "Conference Endorsing Organizations" drop-down in the registration process. Enter your SHS/IIE Member ID.

For more information about HIMSS16 and to register, visit www.himssconference.org.

From the February Newsletter

How a theme-park design can benefit hospitals 

Not many people think of a hospital visit as a good time for the whole family, yet one designer says that healthcare organizations can improve patient experiences if they operate more like theme parks, according to an opinion piece for Fast Company Design. Hospitals can use technology to create an immersive environment rather than more traditional, but less interesting, design principles, writes Nick de la Mare, a theme park experience designer and co-founder of design firm Big Tomorrow.

Humility: Your No. 1 Leadership Asset for 2016   

Professor Edward Hess says that ego's mortal enemy—humility—is one of the traits most likely to guarantee success in the 21st century workplace.  This article describes why humility will be a necessary trait in the ongoing organizational cultural revolution. It also provides hints and approaches to put your ego to bed--including a daily checklist for self-evaluation. 

IHI’s Top Ten Picks from 2015

It’s been a fruitful and inspiring year, with so many great new improvements that it’s a challenge to choose “only ten” items to highlight at year’s end. But here are some selections that IHI (the Institute for Heathcare Improvement) think are especially noteworthy. Revisit your favorites (or dig in for the first time, if you missed them before), share them with your colleagues, and use them to help kick-start your improvement efforts in the new year.  Enjoy!  

SHS Early Career/Young Professionals – Member Highlight
This month’s SHS YP Highlight is Ajay Jayakumar:   Ajay is a Value Analyst at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is a PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a Masters in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Ajay is a wonderful addition to our Early Career/Young Professionals Committee because he is looking to grow and learn from his experience working with the group as well as network with a diverse array of individuals. Ajay is family-oriented, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, tennis, and exploring new cuisines.

Find detailed information about the Young/Early Career Professional Committee or contact us at SHS.YoungProfessionals@gmail.com.

From the January 2016 Newsletter


Why healthcare? To make a difference

Amanda Mewborn, current SHS president, describes how she answers the common question industrial engineers receive about why work in healthcare when there are so many other opportunities. She describes the difficulties and rewards of such a job. This article was published in the November IIE magazine.  

2015 Year in Review: High drug prices emerge as top issue

High prescription drug prices pushed aside the never-ending wrangling over the Affordable Care Act as healthcare's No. 1 political and policy issue in 2015. 

Toronto engineers: Saving lives by helping patients get to hospital faster

For North Americans, it can be easy to take emergency medical services (EMS) for granted. But in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh there is no EMS system, no centralized ambulances, and no 911 service. Justin Boutilier, a PhD candidate in industrial engineering working under the supervision of Professor Timothy Chan (MIE), hopes to close this health-services gap in developing countries.


Using Big Data to Make Wiser Medical Decisions

As the chief information officer of a large academic medical center, John Halamka, M.D., oversees four petabytes of data. Is that "big data?" He has little difficulty storing, securing, and accessing it, so he's not sure it qualifies as big. To him, the bigness of data is not its absolute size, but the task of transforming it into wisdom. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), they use big data to create real-world applications that lead to wise clinical decisions for patients. That's something any forward-thinking provider must aim for in today's data-driven health care environment.



January 2016

SHS Newsletter

The January 2016 issue of the SHS Newsletter lists the newly elected Board members of SHS and has information on how to register online for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2016, Feb. 17-19 at the Hilton-Americas in Houston. 

Other articles include "Why Healtcare? To make a difference," "2015 Year in Review: High drug prices emerge as top issue," and "Using Big Data to Make Wiser Medical Decisions."  There are some great webinars coming up, too, including "Developing the Next Generation of Patient Safety" presented by Society for Health Systems on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. (ET).  Be sure to check out the full list of IIE Webinars at www.iienet.org/webinars.   



  Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference
Houston, Texas - 3 Days

  HIMSS16 Conference and Exhibition
Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV

  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Project Management Fundamentals
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  Intro to IE in Healthcare
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  Healthcare Labor Management
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days